Andrea Leadsom has been appointed the new business and energy secretary with responsibility for the onshore oil and gas industry. The new local government secretary, who will decide on two shale gas planning appeals, is Robert Jenrick.
Environmental campaigners have called on the new Conservative leader, Boris Johnson, to ban fracking.
MPs from both sides of parliament have called on the government to announce it has abandoned plans to relax the planning rules on shale gas schemes.
Conservative councillors in Lancashire have been accused of using a “wrecking amendment” for a second time to block support for their government’s policy on the rules on seismic activity induced by fracking.
The council where Aurora Energy Resources wants to drill and frack two shale gas wells has confirmed it continues to object to the process.
Support for fracking has recovered from a record low in the spring, according to results from the latest government attitudes survey. Opposition has fallen from a previous record high.
Councillors have voted to oppose fracking on the Somerset coast between Minehead and Burnham-on-Sea.
Details of plans to frack shale gas wells near Formby in Lancashire were published online today.
Cuadrilla confirmed this morning it was preparing to frack again at its shale gas site near Blackpool in Lancashire.
A group of 143 doctors, nurses and health specialists has called on Theresa May to ban fracking in her final fortnight in office.